Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Pros
- Incredible performance
- Pulse-racing exhaust note
- Versatile cockpit
- Those who know, know
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Cons
- Rough ride
- Tough resale and unsure resale value
- Not luxurious enough for the price
There’s something so unique about driving a vehicle like the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. First of all, you’re driving one of the quickest four-wheeled vehicles on the road at any given time, and a top 3 SUV when it comes to sheer accelerations and performance.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk isn’t just quick, it’s also loud with a very distinctive exhaust note that seems to build up and explode out the quad exhaust tips with a whooshing sound you won’t soon forget.
It gets your blood pumping and your adrenaline racing, but it also has enough space for a baby stroller and if you don’t mash the exhaust, your toddler can fall asleep in the back the same way they would in a regular Grand Cherokee. Ours had no issues whatsoever.
On the other hand, you will go out of the way of potholes because the suspension is harsh regardless of the drive mode and the 20-inch black wheels are just dying to make you feel every road imperfection.
The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s massive power comes from a 6.2-litre, supercharged HEMI V8 that delivers 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine that powers the Challenger and Charger Hellcat models, and it’s just as loud and ferocious.
On the other hand, the presence of all-wheel drive, a very refined Quadra-Trac on-demand 4×4 system at that, makes the engine easier to control. In a Challenger Hellcat, you have to be aware of what you’re doing constantly. No so in the Trackhawk which is much less squeamish.
That said, this is truly a muscle car in the shape of an SUV and its rougher and edgier than any high-performance utility vehicle. BMW X5 M? Much more refined. Porsche Cayenne Turbo? So much more luxurious and comfortable. Tesla Model X? Completely different experience.
As for how the Trackhawk compares to the Grand Cherokee SRT, well they don’t really compare. The SRT is fast, sure, but the Trackhawk is on a completely different level. It’s louder, more agressive in every way, and quite a bit less comfortable. The almost $20,000 difference in the US and almost $40,000 difference in Canada is justified by the Trackhawk’s superior performance (there’s an extra 232 horsepower in the Trackhawk, after all) and more extreme demeanor, not to mention its exclusivity. But, it may prove to be too much for some.
Why You Should Buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
1. It’s so darn quick, it’s almost hard to believe. Reaching 100 km/h (62 mph) takes less than 4.0 seconds. There’s launch control too.
2. The exhaust note is thrilling, more so than in any other performance SUV. I can’t think of a louder, more agressive sounding utility vehicle. There aren’t many sports cars than can compare either.
3. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk doesn’t just go in a straight line. It goes around a corner too. You have to respect the weight and respect the phenomenal power up front, but you will find yourself impressed by its cornering ability.
4. 707 horsepower paired with over 1,000 litres (36.3 cu.ft.) of cargo space with all seats in place. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is more spacious than any other high-performance SUV including the X5 M, Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, or Audi SQ7.
5. The Uconnect system powering the infotainment system is one of the best in the business, if not the best. It makes playing around with the various function simple and quick, especially the performance data.
6. The Brembo brakes don’t translate into above-average braking, but the braking feel is spot on.
7. With the brakes in mind, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk feels in many ways like a regular Grand Cherokee. The handling is sharper, but not too heavy. The brake feel is great and modulating the throttle isn’t difficult. You can drive it casually.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
1. Yes, you can drive it casually, but you can’t ever ignore the harsh suspension. The Trackhawk is meant to be driven around a track at full speed, and it’s built with that purpose in mind. On broken roads, you feel every little bump and pothole.
2. It may be too fast. Yes the throttle is easy to modulate, but not as much so as a BMW X5 M or Cayenne Turbo. The Trackhawk is always on the verge of exploding forward and you always feel a little on edge driving it.
3. This is a very expensive SUV that doesn’t feel expensive at all. The interior has none of the refinement of its German competitors despite similar pricing. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s interior is essentially the same as the entry-level Grand Cherokee’s. Nothing overly wrong with it, but it certainly isn’t a $100k vehicle. Far from it.
4. Our 2020 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk tester had over 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles), and the leather on the seats already looked a little worn. It had lost a lot of its luster.
5. The Trackhawk, in Canada at least, didn’t exactly fly off the shelves. There are a lot of units still available and sitting unsold on dealer lots. You wonder what kind of impact that will have on depreciation.
Final Thoughts on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
A part of me wants to recommend the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with all of my being. It’s so different, so awesomely loud and quick, and so exhilarating. That said, I drove the BMW X5 M one week after the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and couldn’t help but notice how much more luxurious, refined, and upscale it is despite an almost identical price.
The Trackhawk justifies its price with its performance, but little else. The real value in the Grand Cherokee range is the SRT that doesn’t cost so much that the lack of interior luxury becomes a problem.
Still, if you don’t care about the quality of the interior or the materials used to build the cockpit and you just want the loudest, baddest SUV out there, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is it.